Pumpkins are an easy décor item for fall. Almost too easy. Thankfully, there are many ways you can take this autumn staple and update it to give your home a bit of flair while still feeling like fall. Here are four trendy ways to update simple store-bought pumpkins this season.
Fake pumpkins in a variety of sizes
Spray paint in black and gold
Gold paint pen
1. To begin, tape off the stems of each pumpkin. Then, decide what design you want on each. I did vertical stripes, a black/gold dipped look, polka dots and a word.
2. Using painter’s tape, tape off your designs on each pumpkin. Two of my pumpkins didn’t need designs taped on them.
For the striped pumpkin: Tape vertical stripes all around the pumpkin. I used two pieces of tape for each stripe to make them wider.
For the dipped pumpkin: Tape off where you want your black stripe to begin. Then take a plastic bag and cover the top of the pumpkin, taping to down along your original tape line.
3. Time to paint! In a well-ventilated area, preferably outside, spray paint your pumpkins using the black paint. For the dipped pumpkin, you don’t have to spray all the way down, because the bottom will be covered with the gold. I also spray painted my thumb tacks, since they were silver and I wanted them gold.
4. For the dipped pumpkin: Allow the black paint to dry, then tape another ring around the pumpkin. Make sure you cover up all the black you want to remain, leaving the bottom portion of the pumpkin uncovered. Then spray paint the bottom of the pumpkin gold. Be careful not to let the gold hit any of your other pumpkins.
5. Once the pumpkins are completely dry, it’s time to decorate. The dipped pumpkin and striped pumpkins are ready to go once the painter’s tape is taken off.
For the polka dot pumpkin
Using your gold paint pen, draw polka dots all over the surface of the pumpkin. They can be as large or small as you want them, and can be evenly dispersed or begin to fade as they reach the top of the pumpkin, it’s up to you.
For the word pumpkin
Decide what work you want to spell. Take the size of your pumpkin into consideration, as longer words will be more difficult to read if they wrap around the pumpkin. Use a pencil and lightly write the word on the pumpkin. Then, use the thumb tacks to spell it out! Some possible options: eek, boo, fall, warm, spice, cozy.
And there you have it, four ideas for updating the traditional fall pumpkin into something a bit more trendy.